Reddi Rooster (STM) – Great “Rosie O” Sandwich

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Breakfast of Champions? The Rosie O at Reddi Rooster in Stamford may not qualify for this title or as a healthy start to the day, but when you want a diversion from the granola, the yogurt, the egg white omelet, the fresh fruit and throw calorie count to the wind, this sandwich is a great choice.

ctb_3Reddi Rooster is located on Route 1 on the east side of Stamford near the Darien border. It is best described as a fairly non-descript roadside luncheonette serving sandwiches, wraps, and a few hot dishes. The Rosie O has garnered some positive press as one of the best breakfast sandwiches in area so when I found myself in the area I decided to stop in and see for myself. It is available on a roll for $4.50 or as a wedge or a wrap for $7. I ordered the roll version and grabbed one of the seven stools. A steady stream of guests entered, ordered and waited, always a good sign…locals know.

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When my sandwich was ready I sat next to a few other guests eating various breakfast sandwiches, wraps and even fried chicken, very eclectic for 1030 in the morning. The sandwich includes an egg, bacon, cheese, Rosie’s chili, and potatoes, all encased in a poppy-seeded roll. After one bite I knew why others recommended this sandwich so highly…the first bite completely wakes up every taste bud. The chili has a great level of spiciness, not too hot…just enough. I was a little skeptical about the potatoes on the sandwich, but this was a great idea; they were soft and well-seasoned. The bacon added smokiness and saltiness and the egg and cheese held it all together. This was one great breakfast sandwich.

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If you are looking for a delicious breakfast sandwich, the Rosie O is a great choice. On my next visit I will probably choose the wedge, as long as calories are not a consideration, live large or go home.

Connecticut Sandwich Company (New Canaan) – Great New Addition

The Connecticut Sandwich Company opened at 78 Pine Street across from Zumbachs in the space formerly Tony’s Deli (moved across the street). I ordered a Pork Kimchee Sandwich (Roasted Pork, Kimchee and Garlic Dijonnaise) on a Wave Hill roll. First impression was the place has great potential. The roasted pork was pulled pork, perfectly cooked but a little over-salted. I could not find the kimchee but there was a good spiciness to the meat and when there was some garlic dijonnaise in a bite it was delicious. The choice of Wave Hill was the right one. Lighten the salt and play with the ratios and this will be a great sandwich.

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